HC Deb 27 July 1925 vol 187 cc45-6W

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to the dissimilarity of decisions regarding the alleged criminality of withholding addresses of patients escaped from mental institutions; whether he will investigate the circumstances under which a Mrs. Gibbons, of Trinity Square, Brixton, was sentenced at the Lambeth Police Court to two months' imprisonment for this offence, and hurriedly released from Holloway 10 days later; and whether he can give the decisions in Police Court proceedings of this nature in 1923, 1924, and the first six months of 1925?


In Mrs. Gibbons's case I felt justified, by the facts that came to my knowledge, in recommending a remission of the balance of the sentence. No other ease of the kind has been brought to my notice, and the Home Office have no information of other cases of the kind that may have been dealt with by Courts of Summary Jurisdiction.